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Switch on only appear a white screen and only appear icon question mark wit friends accidently formated HDD.i dun have any CD drive for how could i solve a problem?

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What system are you running and do you have a system DVD to start from. If not you will have to buy one from Apple.

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Hi! If you have the Windows 7 disc just insert it restart the computer. It will boot directly from the disc. Then follow the step by step instructions here.
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In case of a hard disk drive failure, you may be able to restore the drive to the factory default state using the on-disk Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility (in a special partition on the hard disk drive).
You can select restoring the entire hard disk drive to the factory default state, or restoring only the C: drive -- without affecting other partitions (for example, a D: drive) -- or changing the size allocated to your C: drive, and then restore it.
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I fixed my ps3!! All you need is a friend with a ps3!! Swap the hdd's and boot up your friends ps3, format the hdd, put it back in your ps3 and you may need to format it again.

I tried to fix my friend's PS3 HDD that way in still gave an error every time he booted up his PS3. At that point I stuck the PS3 HDD in my laptop, booted from a Windows CD and fully formatted it that way...stuck it back in his machine...used it to format....finally got his stuff going. Took a little extra time but no problems since.

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It seems your new HDD is not formatted properly there are few bad sectors so u need to format once more. Thats a page file error once your OS detected you new HDD it started using root of that HDD for pagefile.sys and that fall on bad sector which generated delayed write and in turn you got dun dun dun.

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